From Middle High German vatter, vater, from Old High German fater, from Proto-Germanic *fadēr, from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂tḗr. Cognate with German Vater, Dutch vader, Plautdietsch Voda, West Frisian faar, English father, Icelandic faðir, Swedish far.
- Menge Bapp hät jemeent, als Vatter moss mer seng Famillich alleen ernähre.
- My father thought that as a father you must provide for your family on your own.
- The commoner word for “male parent” is Bapp, Papp, but Vatter is common in other senses, e.g. “father” as a position within the family. (Compare the example above.)
- Only Vatter is used for the Christian God.